Venice, Italy : I am not Marco Polo nor Casanova.

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Many years ago, Venice was picked as a must go place and was reserved for a honeymoon apparently.
I am running out of honeymoon candidates. It’s a good thing.

Train:Frecciarossa  9733  date  15/10/2017
Departure: Milano Centrale (time: 14:45); Arrival: Venezia S. Lucia (time: 17:10)

We arrived at 510pm and walked the 200 meters to the hotel.

Our initial plan was to stay at Venezia Maestre on the mainland for costs purposes but a last minute review of that decision caused us to cancel that booking and book at Venezia S Lucia, on Venezia Island itself.

Sunset was at 630pm and it was not likely possible that we can make it to Piazza San Marco to watch the sunset.

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Ponte degli Scalzi.

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We made our way, against a torrent stream of tourist heading back.

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I felt like salmon against the tide.

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Dusk was upon us as we arrived at Piazza San Marco.

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We were getting hungry.

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Time to head back. The Rialto bridge on our way back.

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Back near our hotel. We would sit at the steps just outside the train station and enjoy a gelato.

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Tomorrow’s going to be a repeat.

After breakfast, we headed out for the official day walk.

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When you reach the Rialto Bridge, you know you are not too far from San Marco’s square.

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Most of the canals were quiet in the early morning.

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The icon of the square : Campanile.

We learned that this was a reconstruction as the original collapsed in 1902.

Standing at 98.6 meters , it offers a perfect view of Venezia for 8 Euros.

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The lines were short; it is the only reason why we went up.

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Doge’s Palace.

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The Bridge of Sighs, your last view of the sea and sky before you head to prison on the right. Everyone sighs.

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So do we ride the gondolas?

80 Euros for a 20 minute ride was steep.

But it’s the only time we were going to be in Venice.

Let’s go for it.

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We ended up topping up to go for the longer ride that costs 120 Euros. Go big or go home!!

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The gondolier just finished a ride with Malaysians and was surprised to hear that we were Malaysians too.

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A very private and probably a must do in Venice, I guess.

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I would probably have regretted not taking the ride.

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Our 120 Euro ride would take us to see Marco Polo’s House.

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And also Casanova’s House.

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After our gondola ride, we were done and it was time for lunch.

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We ate under The Rialto Bridge a few splashes away from the canal.

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This meal was the best meal in Italy for me albeit salty!

My lobster pasta would cost 22 Euros.

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We passed by the market.

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We did make a few wrong turns that ended up in dead ends.

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We were back near our hotel.
I would leave my camera as we explored Venice in the evening nearby. Tomorrow morning is an 725am train ride to Firenze to head to Pisa for a 4 hour pitstop before continuing to Roma.





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